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"Family Ties" Brian Bonsall Arrested

First Posted: 03/18/10 06:12 AM ET Updated: 05/25/11 03:50 PM ET

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Former child star Brian Bonsall, who played youngest sibling Andy Keaton on "Family Ties," was arrested in Colorado over the weekend.

Now 28, Bonsall is charged with hitting his best friend with a bar stool.


[He] was picked up at the home of his friend Micheal Trujillo Saturday night, where both had been drinking heavily and arguing loudly. According to the arrest report, Bonsall struck Trujillo with the splintered stool but remembers nothing.


"Bonsall then said that he and Trujillo both are bipolar and like drugs," according to the report. "Bonsall said that he takes a lot of drugs and sometimes those drugs make him forget things."

He has been wanted for a probation violation for a year and has previously been charged with assaults.

The AP Article is Below:


BOULDER, Colo. — Police say a former cast member of the 1980s television show "Family Ties" has been arrested for investigation of assault in Colorado.

Police said Monday that 28-year-old Brian Bonsall got into a fight at an apartment on Saturday and hit a friend with part of a broken wooden stool.

Bonsall allegedly told officers he had been drinking and didn't remember what happened.

Bonsall played Michael J. Fox's little brother Andy Keaton on the sitcom.

He is being held in the Boulder County Jail and was due in court Wednesday. Jail records didn't indicate his lawyer's name.

Authorities say Bonsall was sentenced to probation in 2007 for assaulting his girlfriend. He was later accused of probation violations.

The former child actor lives in Westminster, Colo., about 20 miles south of Boulder.


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